'''Edward Morgan Forster''' (1 January 18797 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist
. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanism|humanistic
impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph (literature)|epigraph
to his 1910 novel ''Howards End
'': "Only connect ... ". His 1908 novel, ''A Room with a View
'', is his most optimistic work, while ''A Passage to India|A Passage to India
'' (1924) brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature
in 13 different years.